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5th January 1824. Crimes Most Foul.

The biggest problem as medical science developed, was the shortage of cadavers for surgeons to work on, as we read when Benjamin Allen and Bob Sawyer in Dickens’ Pickwick Papers discuss their acquisitions, to the disgust of others at Dingley Dell.(1) 590 more words

January

CJ Takes A Reader's Request

CJ has been asked to address an issue, by a follower, Ted,  over at Twitter. She decided to tackle this most interesting request, as gently as she could, so as not to send people away in a cold panic. 291 more words

Thought For Today

Body Snatching for Scientific Experiments.

Body snatching is the secret digging up of corpses from graveyards. A common purpose of body snatching, especially in the 19th century, was to sell the corpses for dissection or anatomy lectures in medical schools. 48 more words

A Grave Matter: Legislating Dissection

It’s 1855 in Cleveland, Ohio and you need a surgeon. There were quite a few local options including the physicians out of the Cleveland Medical College and the Western Homeopathic College of Cleveland. 886 more words

Medical History

Grave Robbing for "The Benefit of the Living"

Rattle his bones over the stones,
He’s only a pauper, whom nobody owns. [1]

Imagine you are a sick pauper living in Cleveland, Ohio in 1855. 880 more words

Medical History

Body Snatching, You Say?

Gross Anatomy, or the dissection of bodies by medical students for study has not always been a given of medical training. In fact, the practice has been fraught almost since the first, a battleground over bodies from the religious prohibition of the pre-modern period to a “gory” New York City riot in the eighteenth century when an enraged public rose up against body-snatching anatomists. 978 more words

Medical History

Cankey And The Dead

I went for a walk with three of my children through the old cemetery. I have posted photographs of this place before, along with the neighbouring Jubilee Park. 440 more words

Life